As the Flight MH17 trial begins, Russia, unlike Iran, refuses to admit guilt.
A Dutch court will hold hearings to determine responsibility for the downing of Flight MH17 in Ukraine in 2014. The hearings will last 25 weeks and can be watched online. During the hearings, relatives of the 298 victims will give statements to judges. Those who cannot attend in person can participate via video feed.
However, Russian TV channels are broadcasting false stories about the trial. Despite significant evidence that the Russian military provided the missile used to shoot down the plane, Russia denies responsibility. The recent crash of an Iranian plane has further complicated matters. When Iran admitted that its military shot down a plane, some relatives of MH17 victims wanted Russia to do the same. However, Russia continues to deny responsibility and spread false stories.
This article was originally published in Russian by Coda Story, bookmarked below.